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Title: Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-17 (Advent 4: Series A)
Source: 1517
URL Source: https://www.1517.org/articles/old-testament-isaiah-710-17-2022
Published: Dec 5, 2022
Author: Bob Sundquist
Post Date: 2022-12-05 18:01:34 by Charles_Byrd
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This is a great text to take us one step deeper into trusting God during the season of Advent. First, some background information. The context for this section of scripture can be found in 2 Kings 16 where political and military trouble surrounds Ahaz in the year 735 BC. The Northern Kingdom together with Syria sought an alliance with Judah against Tiglath-Pileser III who was advancing with his Assyrian troops onto their lands. Israel had already suffered defeat from the Assyrians and knew they needed more help to resist them. So, with threats from the Assyrians and warnings that he had better capitulate to this coalition, Isaiah comes to offer Ahaz the most gracious alternate proposal from the Lord of hosts. Isaiah tells the king of Judah not to fear because of the small threats against him (7:4-9). Ahaz must choose between trusting in the Lord or in the armies and nations surrounding him.

By saying, “Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz” (verse 10), it means homiletically this passage is connected to the previous pericope. The context from the previous section is that the allied forces are attempting to attack Jerusalem, which also implies the context for our text is a setting of fear. In terms of Law development in the sermon, this will help to serve the Gospel proclamation. What fears do we have that rob us of trust? So, from this context in verse 10, God graciously offers Ahaz any sign he wants to convince him to trust in God and not be afraid.

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